The pandemic has highlighted that lack of online access is a serious issue that limits people’s life chances and wellbeing. We are now appealing for the public and local businesses to donate laptops for school children, isolated older people and others in need.
Without appropriate devices, adequate data and connectivity, or the digital skills needed to get online, it is estimated that up to 40,000 people in Oxfordshire could continue to be isolated, even as lockdown measures ease.
OCF initiative Getting Oxfordshire Online is now inviting donations of unwanted laptops, tablets and phones for refurbishment at newly created hubs in Oxford and Didcot. Community partners will then work to help give users access to the best deals on data, and deliver the skills training needed to make the best and safest use of the devices.
If you have old laptops you would be willing to donate, please have a look at our website to find out whether they meet the required specification, and get contact details for the donation hubs.
If you don’t have a spare laptop at the moment, you can still support our initiative by making a financial donation.